Engineering Innovation Weeks (MA and ME)





Offered by

Mechanical Engineering




Main purpose

Innovation is integral to business success in the 21st century and in this course, students will explore the innovator’s mind-set and apply innovation processes to solve real-world problems. Students will be introduced to creativity, creative thinking, innovation theory and methods, and the primary learning experience will be hands-on going through the different phases of the innovation process. Innovation is not only getting a good idea, but also actually turning that idea into products or services that can be sold and make a profit in a highly competitive global market.


After having successfully completed the course, the students will have gained:
  • An understanding of innovation and its uses within the field of engineering
  • Knowledge about Design Thinking (double diamond) process
  • Knowledge about how to create a systematic and measurable progress in innovation tasks


After having successfully completed the course, the students will be able to:
  • Engage in innovative processes in a cross-/inter-/multidisciplinary setting
  • Conceive, plan, and execute innovative ideas
  • Work methodically with innovation
  • Collect and apply relevant information about technologies, markets and end users


After having successfully completed the course, the students will have gained competences in:

  • Introducing innovative ideas into project work
  • Contributing own professional skills in teams with the objective of solving problems by using innovative processes and models
  • Clarifying multidisciplinary group competencies



Course content:
  • Creative thinking
  • Innovation process
  • Design Thinking Method (double diamond)

Teaching methods and study activities

Mode of instruction and activities
Engineering Innovation is a three-week comprehensive course in which firstly the students work for two weeks cross faculty in VIA Engineering, the shared-engineering innovation weeks, and secondly they work for one week in their own faculty, the mono-week.
The shared innovation weeks, which takes place one week earlier than regular semester commences. Students work in multidisciplinary groups, while gaining knowledge of innovation process methods and techniques as well as applying them in order to solve a real-world problem. Meanwhile, a number of guest lecturers from business and academia give lectures/talks during the course to inspire the innovation process. On the final day of the course, the students will present their solutions to a panel of judges, which will select a winner. The winner will be selected based on the written deliveries during the course and their oral presentation, with emphasis being on the idea, the described innovation processes, and the final product and/or solution.

The mono-week,
For Mechanical Engineering, the mono-week consists of three scheduled full days as well as homework and preparation. The two focus areas will be a deeper look at sustainability and on the use of preto- and prototypes.
Required workload for students is estimated at 100 hours where approximately two thirds are group working and self-study, including working on an innovation challenge in the groups and preparation for presentation and the examination. Activities alternate between theory, workshop and self-study.
Student Aktivity Model
According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:
Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 33 hours, 33 %
Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 33 hours, 33 %
Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 25 hours, 25 %
Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 10 hours, 10 %


– Teaching slides and supplementary material be uploaded on itslearning’s room under resources




Mandatory assignments handed in before deadline and accepted.
Attendance 80%

Type of examination:
Individually writtten multiple choice test, with a duration of 30 minutes, performed without aids. Internal examiner.
(15/25 correct answers is required to pass the test).

Allowed tools:
No tools allowed (besides laptop for test)


Grading criteria

The course will be approved if all the requirements for the joint weeks are fulfilled.
Exam account for 100 % of approval.

Additional information


Behnam Boujarzadeh (BEBO) and Lars Pedersen (LPE)

Valid from

2/1/2021 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Compulsory Course for Mechanical Engineering
4. semester


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